The Sunflower

Rigg: Senators should change vote on DeVos’ appointment

Rigg: Senators should change vote on DeVos’ appointment

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

A critical vote on the future of public education in the United States is expected as early as Monday. The vote would confirm or deny Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. It’s a vote that has caused a stir throughout the country, including in Wichita. Saturday, a group of protesters gathered...

Shirk: Patriots redefine Super Bowl LI

Shirk: Patriots redefine Super Bowl LI

Tanner Shirk, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Sports

  The moment Tevin Coleman secured an eight-yard pass from Matt Ryan to extend the Falcons’ lead to 28-3 over the New England Patriots, you knew the Patriots were going to make a comeback. There was no way Tom Brady would let his squad go down in blowout fashion. No way. The Patrio...

Beach: The Shockers have room to breathe

Beach: The Shockers have room to breathe

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 5, 2017
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

There has not been a season where the Shockers’ tournament fates have driven as much skepticism in recent years. Sure, there was last season. But realistically, with a notable win against a then-ranked Utah, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi never had a doubt. The Shockers squandered when it mattered. Against...

Linnabary: Twenty One Pilots soar, but dude, where’s my guitar?

Linnabary: Twenty One Pilots soar, but dude, where’s my guitar?

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 4, 2017
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

Twenty One Pilots' chart-topping "Blurryface" LP is an album about alienation, a beacon of hope for estranged youth that says, "Hey, you're not the only one." It's fitting, then, that togetherness was the theme of Friday's explosive, sold-out show at Intrust Bank Arena.  Togetherness was apparent from the moment early in...

‘Most carefree dude on campus’

‘Most carefree dude on campus’

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Nathan, I got to know you for about half a year. During that timeframe … We stumbled on a homeless guy masturbating in Ablah. Never forget. We heatedly argued — multiple times — about who would get to interview the cute girl for a story. We always supported each other’s Trump hate-posts on Facebook, and, da...

‘His soul was sunshine’

‘His soul was sunshine’

Jenna Farhat, Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Nathan was one of the first friends I made in college and working at The Sunflower. I worked on stories with him on several occasions and found myself learning from him time and time again. I admired the way he could walk up to someone and talk to them like he had known them for years. He could touch...

‘Chuck D.’

‘Chuck D.’

Chance Swaim, News Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Chuck D, I’ve been seeing you all over campus this week, man, and one of these times you should stop and talk — have a smoke. One of the last times we spoke, we talked about how time flies in the newsroom without any windows. I remember you came to production one night after you got off work at...

Farewell, friend.

Farewell, friend.

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

He had an uncharacteristic way about him. He revealed it in the first few minutes we met. He was so accidentally lost, but then he knew exactly where he wanted to be. He found us. His formal title was reporter. In reality, he was a friend. His nature was anything but standard practice. But it sure was lovely. ...

Beach: Brady doesn’t get fifth title quite yet

Beach: Brady doesn’t get fifth title quite yet

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Sports

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are a shoe-in to play their classic clutch football and take the Lombardi trophy once again, right? Wrong! I’ve long been a believer that ever since Brady was given his four-game Deflategate-suspension and started the 2016 season inactive that he would come back ...

Beach: ‘Live by Night’ vastly underrated

Beach: ‘Live by Night’ vastly underrated

Nick Beach, Reporter
January 30, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

Critics and fans are wrong about “Live by Night.” This film received zero Oscar nominations and is getting little recognition this winter. Critics say this movie is boring, that the story doesn’t go anywhere. They say Ben Affleck’s direction places the story’s pieces together too carefully. Wrong....

Linnabary: Migos’ ‘Culture’ contributes little to namesake

Linnabary: Migos’ ‘Culture’ contributes little to namesake

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
January 30, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

You’ve heard one, you’ve heard ‘em all. Atlanta rap trio Migos, of “Bad and Boujee” fame, don’t let their sound budge. They’ve rapped in the same staccato, triplet cadence – the “Migos flow” –  since their breakout hit “Versace.” It got old three years ago. But...

Letter to the Editor — Ian Englebright

Letter to the Editor — Ian Englebright

Ian Englebright, Letter to the Editor
January 27, 2017
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

As the elections for SGA are slowly approaching, I’m really excited for what the Association will be accomplishing in the near future. However, I shall not forget the amazing work the individuals in the 59th session have accomplished so far. From the Wichita State Inspire program to Shocker Food Locker,...